CHEAH YEW SAIK
b. Kedah, 1939
KENANGAN PANTAI MORIB SELANGOR, 1987
Signed and dated 'Yew Saik 87' (lower left)
Watercolour on paper
54cm x 75cm
Private Collection, Negeri Sembilan.
ESTIMATE RM 4,000 - 6,000
PRICE REALISED RM 12,320
|This picturesque landscape is an illustration of the sea in Morib, Selangor. Created in 1987, the scarlet and cloudless sky suggests a romantic view of sunset. The short brushstrokes on the water with splashes of white and blue connote a breezy evening, creating ripples of floating waves. The infinite horizon meets the endless skies through the application of an effortless clear wash. The artist’s mastery and advanced use of dry and wet techniques in watercolour are clearly showcased here, where he diligently captures a tranquil atmosphere that enables the viewer to almost hear the soothing sound of the sea.
Cheah Yew Saik received his formal art education at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore (1959 – 1961). He obtained a Diploma in Art and Design from Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, England (1963 - 1965). He had contributed significantly in the development of art education in Malaysia by establishing Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1968 and held the position of Principal until 2002. His role as a leader also included President in art societies such as Malaysian Watercolour Society (1983 – 1987) and NAFA Alumni Association of Malaysia (1984 – 1985). He held a solo show titled Touch of Nature at NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2004.